Red Lentil & Kale Soup


1.5 cups red lentils
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, diced
2 T tomato sauce
1.5 t cumin
1 t salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 can coconut milk
1 cup chopped kale

Add all ingredients (minus the coconut milk and kale) to a pot and cook for 20-30 minutes until the lentils are cooked through. Add coconut milk and kale and serve.

This recipe is not only great for its taste, but its excellent for a crowd because it is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and vegan. But your guests will never know because it is so delicious!

From The Healthy Family and Home.


One Pot Vegan Spaghetti

12 oz. whole wheat spaghetti or GF spaghetti (we like quinoa or rice)
1 small can sliced black olives
1 can cooked chickpeas
2 T capers
1/2 large white or yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 T. oregano
1 t. basil
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t red pepper flakes
S+P to taste
3 c. vegetable broth or water


Add all ingredients to a medium-large sauce pot or large fry pan. Make sure the pasta is covered by the broth (may need to break it in half). Bring the broth to a boil and then simmer on low-med heat until the pasta is cooked through.

This dish is not only great for its one-pot simplicity, but the technique of cooking the whole meal in the pasta water actually creates a creamy sauce that is delicious!

I found this recipe on Yup Its Vegan. The original recipe also has artichokes, but we aren’t huge fans so we leave them out. Hop on over to the original recipe for more details on this dish including great photos and some special notes, and to find some other delicious dinner options!


Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Icecream

2 cans organic coconut milk – full fat (13.5 ounce cans)
2/3 cups organic raw coconut crystals (or other granulated sugar)
1 cup organic peanut butter
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Put coconut milk, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla into a Vitamix, or other blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for approximately 2 – 4 hours or until hard and firm. Sprinkle with chocolate chips before serving.

I found this recipe on Pinterest from The Healthy Family & Home Blog. I am always searching for great dairy-free ice cream recipes, especially since Brian enjoys some after-dinner icecream. This one was delicious and has the added benefit of being very rich, which means I actually eat a normal sized portion rather than the entire batch in one sitting. One note is that it took more than 2-4 hrs to freeze but that might just be because our freezer is not super cold.